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Southwark station closed: Dramatic flooding and residents without running water as burst water main sparks chaos

The latest headlines in your inbox A busy London Tube station has been closed after being hit by dramatic flooding sparked by a burst water main. Southwark Underground station, which serves the Jubilee line, was shut on Tuesday morning as firefighters battled to stem the flow of water and evacuate residents from surrounding homes. Footage…

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A busy London Tube station has been closed after being hit by dramatic flooding sparked by a burst water main.

Southwark Underground station, which serves the Jubilee line, was shut on Tuesday morning as firefighters battled to stem the flow of water and evacuate residents from surrounding homes.

Footage from the scene showed torrents of water streaming through the streets outside the busy transport hub shortly after 5am.

Commuters using the station were urged to use Waterloo station to access the Underground.

Southwark flooding – In pictures

A large section of Blackfriars Road has been shut between Southwark Street and The Cut due to the flooding.

Twitter users have shared dramatic footage of the incident, while residents across south-east London have complained of having no running water.

“We have no water but THERE’S AN IMPROMPTU SWIMMING POOL OUTSIDE SOUTHWARK STATION,” tweeted one user.

“Crazy scenes outside Southwark tube station this morning. Water pouring out of the ground!” commented another.

“Drama at Southwark this morning. 8ft sink hole,” another wrote.

It came as hundreds of homeowners reported being hit. One Thames Water representative told a customer: “All South East postcodes are affected by the mains water burst within the area. We’ve got a team on site looking into this now.”

A spokesman for the utility company told the Standard they had received 250 calls from customers in the two hours following the pipe rupture.

He said they apologised to all those affected and were “working to get this fixed as quickly as possible.​”

An earlier statement from the supplier said: “We’re sorry to anyone who’s been affected by a burst to a 36-inch diameter pipe on Blackfriars Road.

“Our engineers are currently on site to isolate the burst which will stop the water and then we can fully assess the impact.” 

A London Fire Brigade (LFB) spokeswoman told the Standard three of its crews were working alongside Thames Water and police at the scene.

She said: “LFB got a call from police at 5.09am on Tuesday morning following a burst main pipe.

“Our crews are working to assist with the evacuation of residential properties and using sandbags to stem the flow of water.

“We understand the issue has ruptured a section of roadway outside Southwark Underground station, and a 30x30m section of The Cut has now been cordoned off.

“We have three station commanders with pumping appliances on the scene, and may need to engage in pumping residential properties if the situation persists.”

The spokeswoman added: “I’m not sure if the affected roadway includes the cycle superhighway, but I know how many cyclists use the path every day, so that could spark major issues for commuters this morning.”

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